Thursday, September 17, 2009

Measured Moments

Staying ahead of the darkness
I return to one of the moments
my life is measured by...

laying in the open bed
of your pick-up truck, snug
in sleeping bags, except
for our noses--the scent

of sugar pine refined
by our campfire, its smoke
ascending precipitously
toward jagged silhouettes
of Sierra Nevada peaks

satellite flybys
you explain to me
Russia and the United States
navigate opposite orbits
tonight, both cross
Scorpio's full moon

...not knowing at the time, only
the persistent memory of you
would stay with me.

~photo & text by leh

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Bora Bora

The massive Pacific pummels
the mile-out barrier reef
like ancient Polynesian drums
beating an alpha rhythm

on Bora Bora
coconut palms weep
the tepid sea bespeckled
as clouds of perles noir
mask the Southern Cross
jagged bolts of platinum
set alight the vulcan sky

quixotic as the South Seas
clusters of perles creme return
mirrored in the transparent lagoon
while Otuu struts the water's edge
sun ripened Maohi's
wrapped loosely in pareus
their beauty crowned with Tiare Tahiti
sway to the beat of ancestral drums
at the foot of Otemanu
on Bora Bora

~photos & text by leh